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18th July 2014 - Longest Story a great success in Bishop’s Stortford

Between 16th-20th June The Longest Story in The World 2014 was at the Rhodes Arts Complex in Bishop’s Stortford.  It was a great success with 65 young people from St. Elizabeth's, Richard Whittington and Hockerill Anglo European schools taking part.  Leading the fantastic workshops were South African choreographer, Bafana; Jo on drumming; Titto from Chile-mask making and professional actor, Callum.

4th March 2013 - Upcoming events with “ai,ai”...

24th March 2013

Her Majesty's Theatre, Haymarket London. Fundraising event to raise £5000 to support the Spanish and Rwandan projects in 2013.  Andy Graham ,director, creatively recites the story of "Me and The Gorilla" - the story of a boy who is taken from his family home to join the army and is rescued by a Gorilla.

18th-22nd June 2013

The Longest Story in the World Part 7 - 80 children from 3 different schools in the Bishop’s Stortford area participate for the 6th year in a week of multi-arts activities leading to a performance to the local community and involving international artists from around the world. Funded with the support of BAA, Bishop’s Stortford Town Council and Herts County Council Locality Fund.

1st-5th July 2013

El Mon es Nostre - 30 young people aged 12- 16 years old work with Artixoc, Barcelona and “ai,ai” Ltd to develop a view of the world reflecting their aspirations and dreams in a week of creative activities.

Supported by the Town Hall in Sant Boi. Support still needed.

21st October -3rd November 2013

Rwanda!  The Longest Story in the World returns to Africa!  Watch this space for further details...

10th April 2012 - El Mon es Nostre (The World is Ours)

El Mon es Nostre (The World is Ours) has come to Calonge, Spain - an integrated arts summer camp for 8-14 year olds.

25th-29th June 2012.

Supported by the Adjuntament de Calonge

Why not sponsor a child to take part?

Go to our projects page for more information...

5th April 2012 - The Longest Story in the World project UK 2012 -Part 7

Andy Graham, Artistic Director, previously Snap Theatre’s artistic director, leads an international team of artists from Poland, Bangladesh, Romania, Spain and the UK creating a week long residency celebrating the best of storytelling from around the world.

Themes for workshops will be based on the cultural life of the UK exploring the themes and stories of "Real Lives, Real People.”

This leads towards a presentation of their creative work/expression and stories by the children/young people at the end of the week.

Dance, Animation, Art and Craft, Physical Theatre and Spellbinding Drama workshops led by international artists will take place throughout the week.

Performance on Friday 22nd June at 7.30pm

Book tickets now! Ring 01279 651 746 or book online: www.rhodesbishopsstortford.org.uk

25th January 2012 - Spain joins The Longest Story in the World...

Artixoke a community arts company in Barcelona is joining The Longest Story in the World project.  We have had several meetings and they will work in partnership with “ai,ai” Ltd to make it happen.

Collage, a creative English language school for children are using the “ai,ai” consultancy and a teachers’ course has been developed by Andy to support the teachers with new ideas and techniques which they can adapt and use in the classroom. The course is on Sunday 29th January 2012 in Barcelona.

Also, the town Hall in Sabadell near Barcelona has given their approval for a creativity workshop to be held on Saturday 26th February run by Andy and Claudia di Lorenzo, from Italy, to promote The Longest Story project.  The hope is that a 5 day course will run in July bringing, yet another, possible partner on board.

6th October 2011 - Romania in the news!

Andy Graham and Katie Charlton go to Romania to work with “ai,ai”’s Romanian partners to research best ways of integrating children with severe disabilities with other children.

A fundraising event in Spain for this project on September 24th was a great success despite the rain!!!

A European funding bid is in the pipeline to support work for the next 2 years in Bangladesh, Romania, Spain and the UK.  

Andy Graham has made an agreement with the mayor of Commanesti, Romania to continue The Longest Story In The World, working with children with special qualities in Romania for the next 2 years and to work together for a future international cultural centre for Commanesti.

14th May 2011 - The Longest Story in the World Part 6 - The Journey to Find Home

Location: Bishops Stortford, UK

When: 20th-24th June 2011

Where: Rhodes, Bishops Stortford

Public Performance on Friday 24th - June 7pm-8.30pm

For Tickets Call: 01279 651746

Countries involved: Romania, Poland, Italy and the UK

Arts Organisations involved: “ai,ai” Ltd, Actability and Vision4Arts

7th February 2011 - Bangladesh 2011

The Bangladesh Longest Story in the World project finished in Khulna, Bangladesh on a terrific high note (click here to see local press cuttings and here for video).  Association with our partners Rupanter, 55 children aged 7-14 from Khulna City, the hillside tract area bordering with Burma and the nearby river area, resulted in 5 days of workshops run by Jay Patterson, (dance) Andy Graham, (physical theatre) from the UK working alongside director Tareq Hassan and 6 other drummers, musicians and workshop facilitators from Rupanter.  The story of leadership was the theme for the week and centred round the culture of Africa and the life story of inspirational leader Nelson Mendela.

Over 250 people attended the performance by the young people on Thursday 27th January.  Attending as guest of honour was the deputy district commissioner who said at the presentation ceremony after the performance; “truly inspirational- the Longest Story project is not only necessary for the development of children but essential for the future development of leaders in all cultures.”  Plans are ahead for a national theatre camp across the whole of Bangladesh and funds within Bangladesh are being sought.  If you can help please contact us!

30th November 2010 - “Wake Up Don Quixote”

“ai ,ai” Ltd , Actability and Vision4Arts will collaborate on “Wake Up Don Quixote”, an inclusive project for children and families with special Needs in 2011.  More details to follow...

30th November 2010 - Bangladesh 2011

“ai,ai” Ltd travel to Bangladesh in January 2011 to work with our Bangladesh partners Rupantar in delivering The Longest story in the world Part 4 to over 80 children and training 20 teacher and artists.

30th November 2010 -  “ai,ai” partners  with Actability and Vision4Arts!

“ai,ai” Ltd have joined with Actability UK and Vision4Arts to form a new and exciting arts partnership aimed at sustaining arts organisations, sharing resources and collaborating on inclusive projects which benefit all children whatever age, background or ability. Tri-verse Arts will lead in economies in administration, making all funds raised better value for the beneficiaries without sacrificing quality.

Each company will retain its individual identity within the partnership and agrees to promote the arts partnership as an integral part of its work.